Sri Lanka A v Kenya, 1st unofficial T20, Colombo October 27, 2013

Bowlers give SL A six-wicket win

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Sri Lanka A 127 for 4 (Gunathilaka 37, Thirimanne 36, Tikolo 2-24) beat Kenya 125 (Tikolo 44, Lokuhettige 3-20, Rambukwella 3-23) by 6 wickets

Steve Tikolo's first competitive match after being recalled by Kenya was overshadowed by a disciplined bowling performance, led by Dilhara Lokuhettige and Ramith Rambukwella, from Sri Lanka A which ensured they opened the seven-match T20 series with a six-wicket victory in Colombo.

Kenya batted first, and despite putting on 41 for the opening stand, they began to lose wickets at regular intervals. Tikolo batted as if he had never left, scoring 44 off 40 balls and hitting six four. But Lokuhettige and Rambukwella ran through the order as they picked up three wickets a piece to restrict Kenya to 125.

Sri Lanka A's innings started rather inauspiciously with opener Shehan Jayasuriya going out with the score on just 4. Danushka Gunathilaka and Dinesh Chandimal combined for 51 to help steady the innings.

Lahiru Thirimanne entered the fray and played a vital hand, scoring an unbeaten 36, as he helped Sri Lanka A cruise to a six-wicket win inside 18 overs. Tikolo featured once again, this time with the ball, taking 2 for 24.

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  • Sarath on October 29, 2013, 1:15 GMT

    SLan fans are continuously embarrassed by the J&Ps in playing too many henchmen that has failed the exams time and time again at a time there are enough young talent in the Country that has been brilliant both at School & Domestic Levels. 1/3rd of every National team of SL of last 20 years has been filled with henchmen. They are still clueless what has been happening in other Test playing Countries and continue with their disturbing thoughts created in their reckless minds in exhibiting their incompetency in taking these important decisions that are very vital for the Country's future. The Game at national level is not a place for the henchmen to earn few dollars at the cost of promising youngsters.

  • Buddhika on October 28, 2013, 8:44 GMT

    @ Iquar Khan pls don't day dream bro. if Afg came result same. no any difference Afg batsmen never get rid of SL spinners lets forget mighty superb spinners like Hearch,Senaganayake,Mendis other than them lot of mistery spinners here. dil u see Akila Janajaya,T.Kaushal spinning ever.if u see one time u don't comment like this. other than them Dilruwan Perera,Ramith Rabubumwella,Jeewan Mendis,Shehan Jaysuriya,Seekuge Prasanna,Malinda Pushapakura,Dhanuksa Gunathika lot of lot al rounding spinners. If u not believe just see the SL A ,NewZealand A score kiwi A struggle against SL A spin.

  • Vihanga on October 28, 2013, 6:02 GMT

    @Iqbar Khan - This isnt about competitive cricket mate.This is about getting the confidence of SL T20 players in a high before the worldT20. Chanidmal desperately needs some confidence (and practice). I m glad SLC is actually aware of the situation and talking efforts to improve cause there's definetly room for improvement. Afghanistan is an up and coming team. I wish them all the best in their future tours. Afg and Ireland are the next test nations. I l give it 3-4 years more though..because ICC doesnt want to be bothered about that because of the test championship they implemented.

  • Android on October 28, 2013, 2:33 GMT

    Afg can easly beat Sri lankan A team as they did befor hope can invite Afg for afew matches

  • Dummy4 on October 27, 2013, 23:47 GMT

    It's good to see Tikolo get some runs on his return, but the others failed. It would be good if the WIBC would provide some support to Kenyan cricket. I remember when Kenya beat the WI in a world cup match some years ago!

  • Amit on October 27, 2013, 18:08 GMT

    tikolo proves his worth,sad to see odoyo fails.

  • Buddhika on October 27, 2013, 15:56 GMT

    weldone guys.keep it up.specially Dilahara,Ramith,Thiri,Dhanuska

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